New Year Honours List Recognition
Three individuals from St John Ambulance, and the Order of St
John, our parent charity, have been recognised for their work and
achievements in the New Year Honours List.
Rodney Green, 61, from Leicester, is being made Commander of The
Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), Mrs Maureen
Lewsey, 72, from Kent, is receiving the British Empire Medal (BEM),
and Paul Harrison, from Richmond, is being made Member of the
Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Rodney Green, pictured, is Chair of
St John Ambulance and Prior of the Priory of England and the
Islands of the Order of St John. Before joining St John in the
voluntary role of Prior, he was Chief Executive of Leicester City
Council between 1996 and 2008, which achieved several high profile
successes and awards under his leadership. His public sector
experience has been invaluable at the Priory of England and the
Islands of the Order of St John, and he has spearheaded initiatives
to reform the governance of the organisation.
Rodney Green said: 'It is a wonderful privilege to
receive such an honour, particularly when it highlights the work of
one of our most respected national charities, St John Ambulance.
First aid can be the difference between a life lost and a life
saved and is a vital skill all of us can learn. Our 40,000
volunteers give one million hours per annum to help people who need
first aid to receive it from those around them.'
Maureen Lewsey has been a St John Ambulance volunteer since
joining in 1960 as a Nursing Member. She has held many positions
with the charity in Kent including County Training Officer and
Commissioner. Since 2012 she has focused on organising the St John
Fellowship in the county and is an active volunteer at her local
Dedication to the volunteers
Maureen Lewsey said: 'This honour was really a surprise and
I feel very humble. I have worked with St John Ambulance for most
of my life and I have always believed that all the volunteers I
have met, in whatever role, have been most important. This is a
wonderful award and is accepted on their behalf. '
Paul Harrison receives his honour in recognition of his decades
of volunteer work with the Metropolitan Police and St John
Ambulance, where he helped to establish the Motorcycle
Response Unit. He told the Brent and Kilburn Times: 'I regard
it as an award for all my volunteer colleagues who give up their
time to help others, often carrying out a difficult job under
arduous conditions. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to
work with them.'